I look in the mirror and see a stranger.  Of course, age and gravity contribute mightily to the changes.  But to a large degree lifestyle is the real culprit.  Stress, lack of exercise, laziness, and general malaise are factors.  So too is diet, particularly the five-star wining and dining I do for the benefit of my Blog—if not myself and Sous Chef.

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That was then

Thus it was serendipitous when I was asked to participate as a Pritikin 35th Anniversary Blogger.   I would like to think this honor was bestowed because of my writing and not current appearance.  But let’s face reality.  My 5’10” frame is no longer model-thin and the Pritikin invitation provides just the impetus needed to start a healthful program of diet and exercise and moderation in all things fattening.

My goals for this year are to reduce my weight and figure through exercise and diet and create a daily regimen that I can implement at home or when traveling.  We have a trip to Southern Utah scheduled in September and I want to be able to hike the nearby National Parks without fear of being carried out on a gurney while sucking copious quantities of oxygen through a mask.

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And pretty much this is now

The Pritikin approach is a comprehensive program of diet and exercise.  The more I read about it, the more I feel that it encourages a sensible lifestyle to which one can readily adapt, and is not simply a crash diet de jour.  It is about eating healthy whole foods, exercising, and managing stress–fundamentals which I can wholeheartedly embrace.

If you would like to learn more about Pritikin, visit its website at https://www.pritikin.com/ or Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/PritikinLongevityCenter.  This month the recipes and videos are open to everyone, so check it out for yourself!

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PS – Pritikin, I’d really love it if you could Pritikinize Chicken Pot Pie, it is sinfully delicious with all that cream and butter!